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What are the benefits of buying an iPhone?

What are the benefits of buying an iPhone over a cheaper phone with Android? I notice the Moto G -- for example -- is only £100, although the camera isn't as good.

Most Useful Answer Marekj  Aug. 20, 2014 at 17:13

The price disparity between the 5S and the Moto G includes (but is not limited to): build quality, quality of materials, much faster chipset and graphics core, superior camera module, superior quality screen, cost of developing an OS in-house and Apple's huge profit margin it enjoys on it's products.

As with anything you buy in life, be it cars, clothes or Hi-Fi equipment; the cheapest and most expensive will do largely the same job, but the experience tends to be better as you spend more and the quality increases.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 19, 2014 at 20:41

potato po ta to...

Taste. Do you like iTunes... Do you like the UI... Do you like Google. Do you like Android. Do you need a good-ish camera? Do you need/want choice re. personalisation, theming etc?


Don't forget: many people get their phone on contract. They have ABSOLUTELY no idea what an unlocked iPhone or Galaxy S5 cost!!!

So, your £100 figure for the Moto G is not that relevant.
Then there is the resale issue. Try selling a Moto G after 6 months, or an SGS4... The iPhone keeps its value somewhat better...

In terms of function? I say something really bad now: compared to Android "iOS just works"... :p
I have used (though, NOT owned) all iPhone models. Some quite a bit. Heavily. Ignoring the disastrous iOS7.1.1 update, I have NOT ONCE experienced a frozen app. A force close or anything else of that drama... You can sync 10,000 photos to an iPhone 5S, pull the plug, open the gallery app, and scroll through all images without any hiccup. No white thumbnails, no stuttering. Fact. I have the HTC One M8 right here. It is not possible to do the same. I have the
Galaxy Camera right here. It stutters at more than 100 photos...

I could list more. But it doesn't matter. Some people like iOS, others don't. I find Android now worse than 3 or 4 years ago. It's getting messier imho. And considering the VAST progress in hardware (quad-core, 2, 3 GB RAM etc etc etc), Android handsets now do not perform much better than the first Desire...
Again, that is just MY opinion. My judgement based on actual usage! I know iOS haters who haven't used an i-Device properly EVER... Maybe they tried the 1st iPhone and hated it...

I hate a lot about Apple and iOS. I'd like mass storage mode or at least open MTP. And then some. But I prefer it over Android. Would I pay £600+ for an iPhone? No. Would I pay more than £250 for any Android phone?Nope.

Now, I go and hide under my bed.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2014 at 07:04

Ah... no attack yet?!

Here a few more practical advantages:
You know what you get!
As in: your friend has this great Android phone. S/he shows you a few things it can do - either with a 3rd party app. or with something build into the phone.
You think, wow, I should upgrade from my old BB. I get me one of them Android phones, because I wanna be able to do THAT too.
Only: YOUR Android phone may not be able to do that... Maybe it runs a different version of Android. Maybe it lacks the hardware. Maybe your friend forgot to mention that their Android phone is rooted. And you don't want to root because....

iPhone? If your friend's iPhone can do it, yours will be able to do it too (with exceptions - TouchID... or you go for a very old model that clocks out at iOS3, or your friend's iPhone has jailbreak and s/he didn't mention it...But those exceptions are few).

Backups and setup... Maybe just my opinion, but: an iPhone is easier to set up. Android devices have so many options and settings and settings for settings,... it can become a bit much. One keyboard? Nope... Swype also. One appstore? Nope, 2 or 3. One music player? Nope etc etc.... The 'limitations' and 'restrictions' of an iOS device also make it a tad easier to set up. For people who do not have time to play with their new phone because they NEED to USE it, that is relevant. If you rely on your phone 24/7 and it's your only phone, you are less likely to want to ruin it potentially by rooting, by trying new ROMs etc... you just want to/need to USE it! Us geeky types often forget that ;)

Backup... it seems like an afterthought, right? But no. We do not keep our phones forever, do we?
You back up your iPhone - then you get your replacement. New. Bang... You just set it up from your last iPhone's backup. A few minutes and you have all the apps, email accounts, sms, settings, photos, songs, vids etc etc... just as it was. Dull to some; incredibly useful for others.
WITHOUT ROOT, no Android phone offers such a comprehensive, fast 2-click solution. NONE!

So there... maybe not a reason to buy the 1st iPhone, but a reason to stick with it come upgrade time. It's like in the olden days when people stuck with Symbian. YES, it IS nice to play with Androids 10,000 different launchers and ROMs... I like that now and again. But many many many people have no idea how to do it, and more importantly: they have NO TIME to do that. For them a phone is an essential tool. NOT a hobby.
And even for fun.... Take, e.g. Twitter. Twitter last year or so killed all sorts of 3rd party apps. They claimed they wanted to ensure quality that way. They wanted to ensure a unified user experience across all platforms. Yet: Twitter's official apps still differ significantly from platform to platform. What you can do on iOS, you do quite differently on Android. And it might be impossible on WP or BB... Check Twitter whenever an update works on one platform, but change something on another. The outcry! And THAT can apply to everything you do when you change to a new platform. EVERYTHING. That is why many people stick to Android, or stick to iPhones. And if statistics are right, MORE people stick with iOS.


Again: none of my examples really mean "iPhone is better"... but they are some of the rationalisations people have constructed to justify their decisions. People who cannot "imagine switching to Android" might well say the opposite, had their 1st smartphone not been an iPhone. People who praise Android above all, might well talk differently had circumstances been different when they bought their first smartphone. Pepsi or Coke?

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2014 at 07:12

PS I'm using Android and WP 8.1 at the moment...

mightyforest  Aug. 20, 2014 at 12:02

Currently using WP8.1 and android, can honestly say that along with windows phone you will be getting a smooth operating system, for me the looks of IOS no longer appeal to me since my ownership days of the 3gs and ive since moved to WP and not looked back.

If youve got an IMAC and love itunes and all that then maybe the iphone is for you, otherwise save some money and explore elsewhere

Marekj  Aug. 20, 2014 at 17:13

The price disparity between the 5S and the Moto G includes (but is not limited to): build quality, quality of materials, much faster chipset and graphics core, superior camera module, superior quality screen, cost of developing an OS in-house and Apple's huge profit margin it enjoys on it's products.

As with anything you buy in life, be it cars, clothes or Hi-Fi equipment; the cheapest and most expensive will do largely the same job, but the experience tends to be better as you spend more and the quality increases.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2014 at 20:00

Yes. And lets not forget: the Moto G like almost all Android handsets basically forces Google's services on you The sole reason for Android's existence. Whatever the phone's price, you pay Google everytime you search, email, etc etc etc It's you they want (almost) more than your cash.
Apple of course plays a similar game...
Also: there's only ever 2 or 3 iPhones at any one time. Apple has no competitor in the way
Samsung or Motorola do. Over 15,000 unique Android device models. Many many phones
I dare say: the Moto G is a bigger problem for the Android competition than it is for Apple.
Sales figures bear this out...

Nbaker  Aug. 21, 2014 at 09:22

To keep it short... Build Quality!
I bought my iPhone 4s a few months after official launch (Making it nearly 3 years old) and have used it every single day without fail, charging to every night.

In the mobile world, it's basically ancient technology... Regardless, it's just as fast as it always was! Although the batteries not quite what it used to be..

This is my first iPhone, and i absolutely love it.
I'll finally be making the upgrade with confidence when the iPhone 6 comes out in a month or so.

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